The PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit is back on the road again and prepared for an even bigger tour of our service territory in 2017.

The 2017 tour kicked off last week (2/4) at PPL’s Scranton Service Center, where firefighters from the Scranton and Dunmore fire departments were shown a demonstration of the many dangers associated with contacting power lines and other electrical equipment.

It’s another way we’re focusing on safety and educating emergency responders, children and the general public about being safe around electricity and PPL equipment.

The exhibit replicates the conditions of a 7,200-volt electrical distribution grid with live electrical wires, utility poles, and transformers.

Using ladders, gloves, shovels and other tools in a controlled environment, trained PPL staff wearing protective equipment will recreate the spark, flames, smoke and crackling that occurs when those items come in contact with live electrical lines.

An estimated 40 firefighters attended the inaugural tour event. The remaining tour schedule is still being finalized.

Last year, nearly 2,000 people attended demonstrations during the exhibit’s inaugural year.